Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

March 30, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Kristoff wins second stage of De Panne, Gilbert extends lead; Avila wins a second stage at Tour de Taiwan; Better than ever at Spring Classics, Durbridge sets his eyes on Flanders and Roubaix; Hall closes in on Allegaert as the Indian Pacific Wheel Race approaches its final 1,000km; Keukeleire out of De Panne with Achilles injury; 15 riders, including stage winner Gilbert, fined for riding sidewalks at De Panne opener; Gamesmanship between Quick-Step Floors and Sagan heading into Flanders; Van Avermaet confident heading into Flanders; Bouhanni extends with Cofidis for two years; Gaviria leaves Classics to focus on Giro; Team Sunweb gives injury updates; Bernard Hinault inducted into Giro hall of fame; Phil Gaimon’s “Worst Retirement Ever,” episode 1: Palomar; Cross is not coming (yet).

Keukeleire out of De Panne with Achilles injury

by Mark Zalewski

Jens Keukeleire (ORICA-Scott) was unable to start the second stage of the Three Days of De Panne-Koksijde, citing an ongoing Achilles tendon issue. As a result the team was down a rider to help second overall Luke Durbridge on a crosswind stage that saw him caught out alone in the second group of the day.

Greg Van Avermaet beats compatriot Jens Keukeleire to the line with the peloton approaching fast at Gent-Wevelgem.

“Jens has a slight irritation to the Achilles tendon. Therefore we have decided to rest him so that his participation in Sunday’s Tour of Flanders is not compromised,” said sports director Lorenzo Lapage. “A longer time in the Three Days would be detrimental for him, hence our decision to let him go home early.”

The team was left with only six riders to aid Durbridge, including Christopher Juul Jensen, Alexander Edmondson, Ruger Kluge and Luca Mezgec.

However, after finishing second last Sunday in Ghent-Wevelgem, the team clearly believes Keukeleire can contend for the Monument win on Sunday in De Ronde.

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